Bluebell Cottage is a four bed all female registered therapeutic community with the Community of Communities under the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Bluebell is located in a semi-rural locale and offers a lovely natural living space, providing a very nurturing ambient environment. Although not yet part of the QPC SPARCS programme, Bluebell provides a child-centred therapeutic approach. We work holistically and inclusively with the young people where the emphasis is on positive relationships and building resilience. Bluebell has the full support of the clinical team and young people receive both direct interventions and communal therapeutic approach.
Bluebell Cottage is a long-term community where young women require less intensive therapeutic crisis interventions but still require that on-going therapeutic support and access. It has attached on site education through Lawrence House School, which is integrated into our therapeutic paradigm and has it’s own specialist Mental Health tutor, who integrates mental health literacy and resilience into the curriculum within a structured bespoke programme. Bluebell Cottage has worked with young people in transitions from tier four services and also works with young people on the ASD spectrum.
Bluebell Cottage has worked successfully with young people with gender dysphoria supporting young people through transition and and has level of knowledge and experience in this area, working collaboratively Tavistock and local trans community and support services.
A unique feature of Bluebell Cottage is that it has a one-bed standalone provision within it’s grounds. This has been used for semi-independence, but also uniquely we have used this for young women who struggle in group living and need that solo placement experience. We have successfully used this to integrate young women back into the main provision.
The home also has a standalone classroom in the home’s extensive garden and is able to offer a bespoke education through Lawrence House School.
A short virtual tour of Bluebell Cottage can be viewed below: